Publications

Poverty and Inequality Commission – Child Poverty Delivery Plan Scrutiny 2019-2020 Report

This report sets out the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s scrutiny of progress towards the child poverty targets during 2019-2020. It was prepared in order to inform the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan progress report. It sets out the Commission’s views on:

  • the progress made during the reporting year towards meeting the child poverty targets
  • whether it appears to the Commission that such progress is sufficient to meet the child poverty targets
  • what further progress the Commission considers is required to meet the child poverty targets

Download: Poverty and Inequality Commission – Child Poverty Delivery Plan Scrutiny 2019-2020 – Final report

The Scottish Government’s progress report can be found here

The Poverty and Inequality Commission Annual Report 2019-2020

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Annual Report for 2019-2020. The Annual Report covers the period from 1 July 2019, when the Commission was established, until 31 March 2020 and outlines the wide range of work that the Commission has undertaken in its first nine months. It also sets out how the Commission has spent its budget and the research it has commissioned.

Download: Annual Report – Poverty and Inequality Commission – 2019-2020

 

 

 

Local action to tackle food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis

The Poverty and Inequality Commission have followed up on their previous briefing on food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis. The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) carried out a survey of community organisations across Scotland and commissioners visited community projects speaking to workers and volunteers.

The findings of the survey are published here, along with the Commission’s response and recommendations.

Download: Food insecurity SPIRU report

Download: Food insecurity – Poverty and Inequality response and recommendations

 

 

The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

The Scottish Government has set up an Advisory Group on Economic Recovery to provide expert advice on Scotland’s economic recovery once the immediate emergency, created by coronavirus, has subsided. The Advisory Group wrote to the Poverty and Inequality Commission asking the Commission for its views on a number of questions relating to recovery. The Commission’s response can be downloaded here: The Poverty and Inequality Commission – Economic Recovery Advisory Group – response

Download: Letter to Benny Higgins, Chair, Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

 

 

COVID-19 FOOD INSECURITY BRIEFING

The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published a briefing in response to evidence of a rise in food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing welcomes all that has been done so far by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the Third Sector to put in place emergency food assistance to keep people afloat in these difficult times, however, it identifies a growing concern that there are some aspects of the response effort around emergency food that need to be better co-ordinated and more sustainable, particularly to support community groups who can offer a lifeline by responding to local needs.

The briefing recommends that the Scottish Government provides more visible leadership on food security issues to ensure emergency provision is made to those who need it. It also calls for the appointment of a national public spokesperson to improve communication on food security issues that could help allay uncertainty and anxiety around food access in our communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

The recommendations have been made by a short-life working group established by the Commission to address issues arising from the nation’s response to COVID-19. Its aim is to produce detailed recommendations that will influence policy discussions and lead to change that will support those most in need. The working group recognises that the emergency food response is rapidly evolving and it intends to follow up with community organisations in coming weeks to see if their specific concerns have been resolved.

Download: https://povertyinequality.scot/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Poverty-and-Inequality-Commission-Food-insecurity-evidence-briefing-.pdf

Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, Shifting the Curve and Life Chances of Young People Progress Report

The Poverty and Inequality Commission have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on measuring progress in tackling poverty and inequality and scrutiny of the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, Shifting the Curve and Life Chances of Young People Progress Report.

Download: Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

 

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